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November 26, 2019
Is Trump Trying to Block the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline So His Ukraine Cronies Can Cash In?

After this week's testimony in the impeachment hearings, the contours of President Donald Trump's abuse of power for personal advantage have become crystal clear. Trump violated U.S. law when he solicited the interference of a foreign power in an American election. Looking ahead to 2020, Trump demanded the new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announce an […]

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May 21, 2019
Wrong-Way Trump is on a One-Way Road to War with Iran

The United States was the world's lone "hyperpower" when President George W. Bush launched his disastrous and unnecessary war with Iraq in 2003. An economic and military hegemon unchallenged by any single enemy or collection of rivals, the U.S. could and did act with impunity in swiftly toppling Saddam Hussein's regime in Baghdad. But even […]

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April 23, 2019
Trump and Barr Bring Three Decades of GOP Criminality Full Circle

Historical events occur twice, Karl Marx famously said, first as tragedy and then as farce. But when it comes to the rampant lawlessness of Republican presidential administrations, the record is a succession of national tragedies for the United States. And the damage to America's democratic institutions is no laughing matter. As President Trump, his attorney […]

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March 13, 2019
The Republicans' Jewish Problem

Here are some friendly words of advice to my Republican friends eager to regurgitate Donald Trump's talking point about the Democratic Party being "anti-Jewish." Before you hold up Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar as the poster child for anti-Semitic tropes, note that Trump himself already occupies that space. After all, he told those "good negotiator" […]

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March 5, 2019
Mitt Romney Deserves No Credit and No Apologies on Russia

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was back in the headlines this week--not for any particular wisdom regarding authoritarian regimes and movements she shared with the House Intelligence Committee, but for this: "I personally owe an apology to now-Senator Romney, because I think that we underestimated what was going on in Russia. I was on […]

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February 13, 2019
Trump Demands Omar Resign over Anti-Semitic Tropes. Himself? Not So Much

Never one to miss an opportunity to get his hate on, Donald Trump on Tuesday demanded Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) resign over her unfortunate "all about the Benjamins" comment. Calling her well-received apology "lame," Trump complained, "Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress. I think she should either resign from Congress or she […]

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November 27, 2018
A Dishonorable Discharge for Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump

On June 4, 2014, Donald Trump as usual was apoplectic. His fury that day was ignited by word that President Obama had authorized the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant held captive in Afghanistan since 2009. So Trump took to Twitter to ask, "Are you allowed to impeach a president […]

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November 5, 2018
Don't Build a Wall; Build This Instead

Fearing the prospect of large Democratic gains in Tuesday's midterm elections, Donald Trump has been serving a steaming buffet of hate with something to please everyone in his xenophobic base. Some 3,500 Central American migrants--most of them women and children--trudging through Mexico hundreds of miles from the U.S. have been transformed by the president into […]

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June 19, 2018
Could Trump Face Magnitsky Sanctions?

Already branded by a survey of historians as America's worst ever, the presidency of Donald Trump may also live in infamy as the most ironic. After all, the man who ran to "Make America Great Again" has already ceded global climate leadership to China and Europe, withdrawn from the Pacific trade partnership created by the […]

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December 26, 2017
The 'We Told You So' President

As 2017 draws to a close, President Donald Trump and his amen corner are bragging about his "year of solid policy accomplishments." Despite approval ratings only slightly higher than the Ebola virus, Trump took to Twitter to soak up praise from Maria Bartiromo, who gushed that "Year One has been excellent from an economic standpoint." […]

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Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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